Legacy finding aids update

The latest group of updated and encoded legacy finding aids has just been posted online. Some of the notable collections in this group are:

Ella Noland MacKenzie Papers, #3667

Ella Noland MacKenzie of Glen Ora, near Leesburg, Loudon County, Virginia was the daughter of Lloyd and Elizabeth Noland. She married physician John Carrerre MacKenzie (died 1866) of Baltimore, Md. The collection contains the family and personal correspondence of Ella Noland MacKenzie. Included are letters from Ella while in school in Virginia and Baltimore, Md., 1844-1850; visiting her aunt, Sara (Hollingsworth) Gibson, wife of Dr. William Gibson (1877-1868), in Philadelphia, Pa., 1850-1851; the Nolands and other relatives in Virginia and from members of the MacKenzie family and friends in Baltimore, pertaining chiefly to plantation life, social conditions, and women’s activities, 1852-1860; scattered letters regarding difficulties experienced by the Nolands and MacKenzies in Virginia and Maryland during the Civil War, 1861-1865; letters written during Reconstruction including correspondence with relatives in Europe, 1865-1870; and scattered letters, 1870-1886. Incidents mentioned include the sale of slaves and property from an estate, 1849; a slave uprising near Glen Ora, 1856; descriptions of public sentiments toward the South in Philadelphia, 1861; the departure of one branch of the family for Europe in voluntary or involuntary exile, and the arrest of John Carrerre MacKenzie as a Confederate sympathizer, 1864.

Harriet Hardison Robson Papers, #4203

Harriett Hardison Robson (b. 1899) of Wadesboro, N.C., was married to C. J. Canaga, a United States Army officer, and from 1927-1931 they lived in Peking, China where he was assigned as a language officer and military attache. The collection consists primarily of letters from Robson to her mother written while she was living in Peking. The letters describe Peking, the military and political struggle between Nationalist and Communist forces for control of the Chinese government, Chinese customs, trips to historic sites around Peking and to northern provinces, and social activities among the foreign legations in Peking. Also included are a drawing of William Henry Donald, a few clippings, and a Christmas card. Additionally, there are 51 photographs taken in the northern provinces of China and the Hawaiian Islands.

D. H. Duryea Letters, #3595-z

D. H. Duryea was a solider in the 1st Minnesota Regiment and served with General William T. Sherman’s army during the march through Georgia and the Carolinas. The collection contains letters from D. H. Duryea to his wife at home while he was serving in the Civil War. The letters discuss troop movements, rations shortages, conditions in Decatur, Ala., and Savannah, Ga., cotton, and prisoners captured.

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Legacy finding aids update

The latest group of updated and encoded legacy finding aids has just been posted online. Some of the notable collections in this group are:

Charles Lyon Chandler Papers, #3614

Charles Lyon Chandler (b. 1883) was a United States foreign service officer, Philadelphia banker, history professor, and author. The collection contains the papers of Chandler, consisting mainly of material related to his unpublished biography of Joel Robert Poinsett (1779-1851) of South Carolina, diplomat, United States representative, United States Secretary of War, and anti-nullificationist. Also included are letters and correspondence of Chandler while he worked abroad for the United States State Department in Europe, Asia, and South America, 1906-1913, and in Latin American again in the 1940s; speeches and articles; diaries, 1904-1911; thirty-nine pocket memorandum books; and three scrapbooks on Latin American topics, 1909-1919 and 1943-1944, especially concerned with commerce between the United States and Brazil during the 19th century.

Stephen Berry Culver Diary, #3992

Stephen Berry Culver (1841-1902) of Sandy Hill, N.Y., was a graduate of Union College, carpenter, teacher, bookkeeper, active member of the Methodist Church, mining and chemical engineer, and clerk in the Naval Office, New York, N.Y., 1884-1902. The collection contains the diaries of Culver, along with the related enclosures which include clippings, genealogical notes, writings and letters. The diaries, begun when Culver was a teenager, relate chiefly to his involvement with the Methodist Church; family illnesses and deaths; national news; and local social, cultural, and political affairs, primarily related to the Sandy Hill, Schenectady, Mt. Vernon, and New York City areas of New York.

J. Bryan Grimes Papers, #1765

J. Bryan (John Bryan) Grimes (1868-1923) of Pitt County, N.C., was a conservative leader of the Farmers’ Alliance, the Grange, and other agricultural organizations; managed the family farms in Pitt County and Beaufort County; and was North Carolina secretary of state, 1900-1923. The collection includes 20th century business, personal, and official correspondence of Grimes, with the bulk of the papers concerning his service as North Carolina secretary of state and various Democratic political campaigns.

William Oscar Spears Papers, #3964

William Oscar Spears (1885-1966) of Chattanooga, Tenn., was a United States naval officer who retired as a rear admiral. The collection contains the personal and family papers of Spears, the bulk consisting of detailed letters to his wife, Blanche Snodgrass Spears, concerning his missions to Brazil, 1919-1927, and Peru, 1930-1933; and his service visits to Panama, Cuba, and other South American countries. There are many references to social activities and local political events, including references to riots and political strife in Lima, Peru, 1930-1932; and descriptions of conflict in Havana, Cuba in 1933-1934.

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Legacy finding aids update

The latest group of updated and encoded legacy finding aids has just been posted online. Some of the notable collections in this group are:

Robert Briggs Watson Diary, #3844

Robert Briggs Watson (1903-1978), native of Clemson, S.C., was a physician who specialized in malaria research, parasitology, epidemiology, and public health administration. He served as a field staff member of the International Health Division of the Rockefeller Foundation from 1942-1966. The collection consists of typed diaries Watson kept during his service with the International Health Division of the Rockefeller Foundation. The diaries concern his activities related to malaria studies in Memphis, Tenn., 1942-1945. From 1946-1954 his work centered on East Asia, traveling to China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan (formally Formosa), the Philippines, Thailand (formally Siam), India, Sri Lanka (formally Ceylon), Macau, and Pakistan. From 1955-1962 Watson’s work shifted to Brazil and other areas in that part of the world, traveling to Chile, Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Puerto Rico, Colombia, and Panama, and numerous other locations around the world. Entries dated 1963-1966 cover his work in St. Lucia, and he traveled to other areas as well. These entries also document Watson’s time in Chapel Hill, N.C. where he began teaching in 1966. The diaries are a record of his daily work, together with information related to traveling and living conditions, personal and family affairs, cultural and social occasions, and current events in the countries to which he was assigned.

Lafayette McLaws Papers, #472

Lafayette McLaws was a United States and Confederate Army officer, and a postmaster and collector of internal revenue in Savannah, Ga., 1885-1886. The collection includes letters and military papers of Lafayette McLaws including items related to the United States Army campaigns against the Navajos, 1858-1860, and the Civil War campaigns in which McLaws participated. Civil War actions discussed include the Peninsula Campaign and Maryland Campaign in 1862; the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863; action in Tennessee in late 1863, especially in the vicinity of Knoxville; McLaws’s court-martial in 1864 for failure to cooperate with General James Longstreet, and his exoneration; his command in Georgia and South Carolina in 1864; and actions in North Carolina in 1865.

Arthur Palmer Hudson Papers, #4026

Arthur Palmer Hudson (1892-1978) was a professor of English, 1930-1953, and executive secretary of the Curriculum in Folklore, 1950-1963, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The collection includes correspondence, editorial papers from “The Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore,” and other material of Arthur Palmer Hudson. Correspondence and other papers relating to Hudson’s editorship of the “Brown Collection” form the bulk of this collection. There is also significant correspondence relating to folklife in North Carolina and to many aspects of the discipline of folklore. Among the letters are one, 1933, from Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938); one, 1933, from Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941); and one, 1945, from William Faulkner (1897-1962).

John M. Bright Papers, #1840

John Morgan Bright (1817-1911) was a lawyer, Confederate officer, and Democratic United States representative from Tennessee, of Fayetteville, Tenn. This collection contains letters, legal documents, speeches, newspaper clippings, pictures, and account books. The correspondence chiefly consists of letters received by Bright while he was in Congress (1871-1881). The letters concern politics, interests of constituents, and the business of the Committee on Claims of which he was chairman. Most letters relate to pensions and Civil War damages.

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Legacy finding aids update

The latest group of updated and encoded legacy finding aids has just been posted online and includes nearly 100 finding aids. Some of the notable collections in this group are:

Edward Asbury O’Neal Papers, #2631-z

Edward Asbury O’Neal (1818-1890) was a lawyer, local secession leader, Confederate Army officer, a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1875, and governor of Alabama from 1882 to 1886. The collection chiefly consists of Civil War letters among O’Neal and his two sons in the Confederate Army, and his wife at home in Florence, Ala.; postwar letters and papers relating to his law practice in Florence, Ala., and Huntsville, Ala.; and correspondence concerning his two gubernatorial campaigns and Alabama politics, with very little concerning the United States presidential election of 1876. Volumes are chiefly scrapbooks of clippings and manuscripts pertaining to O’Neal’s political career, as well as other members of the O’Neal family.

William Picard Jacocks Papers, #3130

William Picard Jacocks (1877-1965), native of Bertie County, N.C., was a physician. The collection contains correspondence, reports, articles, and other papers of Jacocks. Included are correspondence and other materials relating to his work as a public health specialist in India and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) under the auspices of the Rockefeller Foundation, 1914-1942, where a lot of his work focused on hookworm infections. Also included is correspondence from the years following his retirement in Chapel Hill, N.C., in 1942, dealing with family matters, genealogy, and University of North Carolina alumni affairs; his diaries, 1939-1965; papers he wrote on public health issues; clippings; photographs and drawings; and museum items.

James Morris Morgan Papers, #524

James Morris Morgan (1845-1928) was a Confederate naval officer; a soldier in Egypt, 1870-1871; a businessman in Washington, D.C.; and an author. The collection includes letters, chiefly 1900-1925, from Morgan to his daughter, niece, and nephew, containing personal news, reflections, and advice. Also included are later letters between family members in Shreveport, La., and Washington, D.C.; scattered letters received by Morgan; and a few items relating to his Confederate and Egyptian service. An 1884 letter was written while Morgan was employed in helping put up the Statue of Liberty.

Edward Brett Randolph Diary, #619-z

Edward Brett Randolph (1792-1848) was a United States Army officer in the Apalachicola River region of Florida during the 1st Seminole War. The collection is a diary, 11 January-8 May 1818, of Randolph. Entries are brief, containing little detail. Topics mentioned include Generals Edmund Pendleton Gaines and Andrew Jackson; visits to Fort Scott, Fort Gadsden, and Fort St. Marks; foraging for food; hostile and peaceful interactions with Native Americans; the capture and execution of Alexander Arbuthnot and Robert C. Armbrister, British subjects suspected of inciting Native Americans; and the massacre of Native Americans by a Georgia militia unit.

Clara Compton Raymond Reminiscences, #624-z

Clara Compton Raymond (born 1857) was a resident of the Evergreen and Flowerton plantations in Rapides Parish, La., and was educated in Stuttgart, Germany, and Geneva, Switzerland, 1865-1868. The collection is her recollections, written in the 1930s, of her life as a girl on the Evergreen and Flowerton plantations in Rapides Parish, La., and of her education in Stuttgart, Germany, and Geneva, Switzerland, 1865-1868.

A complete list of all updated and encoded legacy finding aids can be found here.

Legacy finding aids update

Over 150 updated and encoded finding aids have just been posted online. Some of the notable collections in this group are:

Robert Bingham Papers, #3731-z

Robert Bingham (1838-1927) of Hillsborough, N.C., was a captain in the 44th North Carolina Regiment, Confederate States of America. The collection includes two volumes of a diary Bingham kept, 1863-1864, while he was a prisoner at Norfolk, Va., Fort Delaware, Johnson’s Island, Ohio, and Point Lookout, Md.; and a letter, 14 March 1923, from him to his granddaughter, Henrietta Bingham, describing his Civil War experiences in Virginia, his capture, and his imprisonment. The diary, marked “intended only for my wife,” records thoughts Bingham hesitated to put into letters to his wife. The diary describes prison life, including quarters, gambling, work, escape plots, sermons, food, illness, and hospitals at various prison camps. Included are descriptions of the trip from Johnson’s Island to Point Lookout; of Bingham’s work making chairs and gold and silver rings, needles, and buttons; of his exchange of books with other inmates and guards; and of rumors, including rumors of cessation of prison exchanges, return of North Carolina to the Union, and Confederate privates signing oaths of allegiance.

Sarah G. Beck Papers, #3076-z

Sarah G. Beck (fl. 1863-1865) worked with the United States Sanitary Commission during the Civil War. The collection includes passes and letters to Beck relating to her work with the sick and wounded in the United States Army under the auspices of the United States Sanitary Commission in Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. One letter is from Edwin McMasters Stanton, Secretary of War.

Berry Benson Papers, #2636

Berry Benson (1843-1923) of Hamburg, S.C., was a Confederate army soldier in the 1st South Carolina Regiment. After the war he lived at Augusta, Ga., where he was a teacher, cotton trader, author, and inventor of a remunerative bookkeeping technique. The collection contains correspondence, writings, notes, Civil War diary and reminiscences, and other papers of Benson relating to his early life, family history, and Civil War career. Writings include fiction; poetry; plays; humor; and commentary related to the Civil War, including Benson’s experiences at the battles of Fredericksburg, Mechanicsville, Cold Harbor, Bull Run, Winchester, Antietam, Chancellorsville, and the Wilderness; his escape from Elmira Prison; manners and mores; and other subjects. Other papers relate to Benson’s expertise in handwriting, codes, ciphers, mycology, and other matters. Also included are full diaries from 1880 and 1884 regarding his his travels in Mexico, Cuba, and Texas.

James Washington Matthews Diary, #3757-z

James Washington Matthews (1798-1880) was a farmer of Maury County, Tenn. The collection includes a copy of the diary, 1 January 1858-6 January 1869, of Matthews with entries of two to three lines per day mentioning weather, relatives, friends, farm work, attendance at church, expenditures, and other matters.

Panknin Drugstore Records, #3084

The Panknin Drugstore in Charleston, S.C., was owned and operated by Charles F. Panknin, a chemist and pharmacist. The collection includes business correspondence, prescription books, and other records of the Panknin Drugstore. Twenty volumes, 1852-1872, record prescriptions, ingredients, and purchasers. Correspondence is chiefly with suppliers and customers, although personal matters are represented. Also included are three account books of scattered dates.

John Peter Geortuer Diary, #3487-z

John Peter Geortuer (1797-1829) was an Evangelical Lutheran minister from Johnstown, N.Y. The collection includes Geortuer’s diary, 17 May-16 June 1828, containing a detailed and literary account of a sojourn in Paris, France, including descriptions of sight-seeing, visits with General Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier Lafayette and other prominent figures, French reactions to political events in America, the Lutheran Church in Paris, accommodations, and general activities; and a photograph of a painted portrait of Geortuer.

A complete list of all updated and encoded legacy finding aids can be found here.

Legacy finding aids update

The latest group of updated and encoded finding aids has just been posted online. Some of the notable collections in this group are:

James Pleasant Mason Diary, #495

James Pleasant Mason (1827-1893) was a Baptist minister and farmer of Orange County, N.C. The collection is Mason’s diary, dealing mainly with activities on his farm, which was later bequeathed to the University of North Carolina. The diary contains a very detailed account of Mason’s daily life, including his routines of eating and sleeping, his preaching, and the daily tasks of farming.

William Downs MacGregor Notes, #3891-z

William Downs MacGregor (1826-1907) was a Scottish immigrant to New York who worked as a press correspondent during the Civil War. The collection includes a booklet of mounted notes by MacGregor defending the competence of newspaper writers covering the Civil War in reply to an attack on their reliability by General Henry Warner Slocum, of the United States Army. MacGregor’s notes are undated, but apparently were written soon after the war.

Delta Cooperative Farm Papers, #3892-z

Delta Cooperative Farm of Rochdale, Miss., was a philanthropically supported endeavor founded in 1936 to help southern agricultural labrorers out of their economic plight. Interracial efforts on the farm were primarily interested in establishing economic equality between African Americans and whites who worked together for equal wages. The collection contains material related to Delta Cooperative Farm collected by Paul J. Vanderwood, journalist for the Memphis, Tenn., “Press-Scimitar” including articles, clippings, and other items; notes made by Vanderwood; and letters, 1964, to Vanderwood from David R. Minter, physician and head of the Delta Cooperative Farm medical clinic, and Constance Rumbough recounting in some detail their experiences as workers at the farm in the 1930s.

Farish R. Betton Papers, #3939

Farish R. Betton was the vice president of the National Agricultural Workers Union at St. Louis, Mo. The collection includes letters received by Betton from Harry Leland Mitchell and others, concerning the Southern Tenant Farmers Union and its successor organizations, and related printed material.

Chapel Hill Bird Club Records, #4081

The Chapel Hill Bird Club was organized in Chapel Hill, N.C., in 1938. The collection includes minutes, financial records, correspondence, bird lists, mimeographed bulletins, and reports and advertising received by the Club; letters, 1975-1976, from William W. Thomas Junior, of Peking, China, and Joe Jones of Albany, Ga., recounting the history of the Club; and other items.

A complete list of all updated and encoded legacy finding aids can be found here.

Legacy finding aids update

The latest group of updated and encoded legacy finding aids has just been posted online, and includes over 50 finding aids. Some of the notable collections in this group are:

Jeremiah Austill Papers, #2214-z

Jeremiah Austill (born 1794), a commission merchant, was involved in campaigns against Native Americans in Georgia and Alabama. The collection includes two typescripts: “Partial autobiography of Jeremiah Austill,” concerning his Indian campaigns in Georgia and Alabama, Andrew Jackson, and experiences as a commission merchant; and “Early Life of Margaret Ervin Austill,” including an account of the marriage of her parents, John Eades and Jenny Fee Eades, their emigration from Georgia to points south, and their experiences on the frontier and with the Cherokee Indians.

Elmer Roberts Papers, #2243

Elmer Roberts (1863-1937) was an Associated Press correspondent in Berlin, Germany, circa 1900-1914, and chief of the Associated Press office in Paris, France, 1914-1927. The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, scrapbooks, political commentaries, and other papers, relating to Roberts’s work for the Associated Press in Berlin and Paris, and including extensive material on European political affairs before, during, and after World War I. Also included are correspondence with reporters in Cuba in the 1890s and a scrapbook of clippings about the Spanish-American War; a scrapbook about Germany, 1903-1904; correspondence, drafts, and source materials for Roberts’s biography of Friedrich von Holstein; copies of lectures of Rudolf Steiner and other materials about Rosicrucianism; and other items.

Joseph Nicholson Barney Log and Diary, #2246-z

Joseph Nicholson Barney (fl. 1839-1852) was a United States (and later Confederate) naval officer and native of Maryland. The collection includes a personal diary kept by Barney, containing ship’s log entries while he was in Singapore and the East Indies, 1839, on the United States frigate Columbia, and diary and log entries while he was sailing up and down the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North and South America, 1849-1852, on the U.S.S. Vincennes, with frequent and sometime lengthy stays in port. Diary entries describe in detail his impressions in 1850 of Rio de Janeiro, Guayaquil, Ecuador, various California ports, and other locations, and note social and other daily events and Barney’s reflections on self and surroundings.

Chapin and Tunnell Family Papers, #2275-z

Sophia Chapin Tunnell (fl. 1852-1896) was a native of New England who moved to teach school in South Carolina and Kansas. The collection is chiefly papers of Sophia Chapin (later Mrs. Robert M. Tunnell), including letters from her to her father, Moses Chapin, in Massachusetts and Vermont, describing life in Abbeville District, S.C., in the 1850s; her occasional diary, 1870-1896, while she was living in Kansas; letters from relatives in Brandenburg, Ky., 1859-1860; autograph albums; and other items.

Marshall and Wildes Shipping Records, #2356-z

Marshall and Wildes was a merchant firm of Boston, Mass. The principals in the firm were Josiah Marshall (1771-1848) and Dixey Wildes (fl. 1822-1826). The collection includes records of Marshall and Wildes in trade with China and the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), including accounts with stewards, lists of cargo (including sandalwood), sales and purchases in Canton, China, and Sandwich Island (Hawaiian) ports, names of vessels, etc.

Susan Dabney Smedes Papers, #2392-z

Susan Dabney Smedes (1840-1913) was a Mississippi planter’s daughter, author, and teacher and missionary in the West. The collection includes copies of papers of or about Smedes and microfilm of a manuscript recipe and household hint book, 1860. Included are Smedes’s diary and memoranda, 1888-1889, at Helena, Mont., about life in the household of her sister and brother-in-law, with whom she lived; letters she wrote from England, 1908; and an account of her life written in 1930.

King Family Papers, #399

Members of the King family of New Orleans, La., included Nina King, Annie Ragan King, and author Grace Elizabeth King (1852-1932). The collection contains miscellaneous papers of the King family including letters from Nina King, 1906-1908, while traveling in Europe, to Mrs. Charles Gayarre; a typescript of a story by Annie Ragan King; and a scrapbook of Grace Elizabeth King, containing clippings on New Orleans, the Civil War, and other historical topics, 1836-1930.

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Legacy finding aids update

The latest group of updated and encoded legacy finding aids has just been posted online. Some of the notable collections in this group are:

W. D. Robinson Papers, #1214

Confidential files and correspondence of W. D. Robinson (1865-1945), legislative correspondent and roving reporter in Louisiana and Mississippi for New Orleans newspapers. The files contain memoranda in the 1920s and 1930s (chiefly 1930-1935) about the activities of Huey Pierce Long and his associates, mostly in regard to alleged malfeasance. A smaller number of items are concerned with the Ku Klux Klan in Louisiana and Mississippi in the early 1920s, in particular the “Mer Rouge Murders” in Morehouse Parish, La. Correspondence is with leading political figures in Louisiana and Mississippi, concerning opposition to Long and also other political issues. Among those represented are Huey P. Long, Julius T. Long, Pat Harrison, Theodore G. Bilbo, John M. Parker, Louis M. Howe, Stephen Early, John Y. Saunders, J. N. Sandlin, Mike Sennett Connor, Paul N. Cyr, and Hugh White. Also present are broadsides, pamphlets, newspapers, judicial proceedings, and other printed matter about Long or the Klan, and five scrapbooks of clippings about politics in the two states, 1916-1932.

William D. Chipley Book, #1841-z

Book of autographs of fellow prisoners and songs and poems by various authors, collected by Chipley, an officer in the 9th Kentucky Infantry Regiment, Confederate States of America, while he was a prisoner at Johnson’s Island, Ohio.

Otway B. Norvell Papers, #1921-z

Account (37 pages), written in 1891, by Norvell of his experiences, 1863-1865, as a Confederate prisoner in federal Camp Douglas near Chicago, Ill. Norvell was one of Morgan’s raiders (2nd Kentucky Cavalry) and was captured in Ohio in 1863. Also included is a contemporary handwritten transcription (4 pages) of charges against conspirators who allegedly planned to attack Camp Douglas in 1864.

Farm Diaries, #2165-z

A volume of farm records from Terrell County, Ga., 1889-1905, with short entries on farm activities; and an unrelated volume from Princess Anne County, Va., 1821, recording farm work, inventories of household furnishings, tools, livestock, purchases, and other memoranda.

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